An established and experienced diplomat, Ana Gomes has cemented a reputation as a strident supporter and defender of democracy, human rights, social justice and the rule of law. She has previously been involved in the EU Middle East Peace Process and has led several EU election observation missions in Africa and South-East Asia. Gomes has become a vocal critic of the maladministration of EU law by multinational corporations to minimise tax costs and the negative impact this has on European citizens, governance and society.
A renowned international diplomat, Carl Bildt has led the Swedish government that negotiated and signed Sweden’s accession to the European Union and modernized its welfare system. He later served as Swedish Foreign Minister and was one of the initiators of the EU’s Easter Partnership and of EU engagement in the Middle East. Most recently, Bildt chaired the Global Commission on Internet Governance that produced original researches and recommendations on topics such as the dark web, cybersecurity and internet freedom.
André Loesekrug-Pietri is French-German, held leadership positions in private equity, government, industry and as an entrepreneur.
He has been appointed Special Advisor to the Minister of Defense in the first Government of President Macron, responsible for European Defense policy, as well as technology and disruptive innovation. Previously, he was Chairman of ACAPITAL, investing in fast-growing European companies with strong global potential, in particular in Europe and China. Previously André led several investment funds in Europe and Asia, founded CarBoulevard.com, was assistant to the CEO of Aerospatiale-Airbus in Toulouse and started his career at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. Graduate of HEC, the Michigan Business School and Harvard Kennedy School, he attended Sup-Aéro aerospace engineering school. Frequently invited as a speaker on disruptive technologies, he is member of several boards as well as on the advisory board of Jiaotong University, Beijing. André was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is a European Young Leader (2012). He is a private pilot and Colonel with the French Air Force People’s Reserve.
Futurist Ben Hammersley is an expert on the effects of the internet and digital network on political, cultural and social spheres globally, and acts as a high-level advisor to governments and businesses. With an extensive background in digital issues, he has served as a Member of the European Commission High Level Group on Media Freedom and Pluralism and as a Non-Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence. Today he wears many hats, working—among other things—as a contributing editor for WIRED magazine and BBC presenter.
Benedek Jávor is an active environmentalist and founding member of the Dialogue for Hungary party (PM). Prior to joining the European Parliament, he was an elected member of the Hungarian National Assembly and the leader of the Hungarian opposition party Lehet Más a Politika (Politics Can Be Different). As a former professor and lecturer on environmental law, Jávor founded the environmental Védegylet (Protect the Future), in order to “raise awareness on global environmental threats” and has authored several articles and publications on sustainable development.